The Edmonton Chamber Music Society | Summer Solstice Music Festival 2018

The Edmonton Chamber Music Society

The Edmonton Chamber Music Society presents

2018 Summer Solstice Music Festival | Amateur Chamber Music Workshop

Summer Solstice Music Festival
June 18 – June 22, 2018

The first week will be followed by three mainstage concerts (June 18, 20 and 22) and informal community outreach events.

The St. Lawrence String Quartet, one of the professional groups to perform on the mainstage, will also perform at the Yellowhead Brewery on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in a special program, String Quartets Rock! featuring the history of the string quartet. [Sorry, this concert is sold out.]

All mainstage concerts will be held at Knox Evangelical Free Church [8403 104 St. NW] [directions] in Old Strathcona (next to the Public Library). Plan on having a dinner in Old Strathcona or getting together with friends at the many restaurants and bars in the vicinity.

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*Errata: We apologize for an error in the SSMF brochure order form that you may have received in the mail or previously downloaded from this web page. The correct date for the final concert of the Festival, Summer Passion is Friday, June 22. The form in this download [v5] has been corrected. Same great artists and repertoire in store for your summer celebration.

Other artists will be announced in the weeks ahead, so check back here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date announcements of venues, artists and repertoire.

Knox Evangelical Free Church  8403 104 St. NW  [directions]

  • Entrances are on 104th Street.
  • There is a ramp for wheelchairs
  • Inexpensive parking lot on the north side of the church.

Stephanie Chase Violin & Sara Davis Buechner Piano

Monday, June 18, 2018   7:30 PM

Knox Evangelical Free Church  8403 104 St. NW  [directions]

7 PM  Pre-concert event
Please join us as we feature pianist Emma Shen; violinist Sonya Shin; pianist Howard Yan

Stephanie Chase Violin & Sara Davis Buechner Piano

Recognized as "one of the violin greats of our era" through solo appearances with more than 170 orchestras that include the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, and London Symphony, Stephanie Chase garners continuing acclaim for her "elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination" (Boston Globe).

Noted for her musical command, cosmopolitan artistry, and visionary independence, Sara Davis Buechner is one of the most original concert pianists of our time and well-known by Edmonton audiences. The SSMF welcomes her back in this duo concert.


W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 23 in D Major, K. 306

Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)
Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 82, Sonata Española

Hiao-Tsiun Ma (1911-1991)
Variations on a Chinese Popular Theme for solo violin

Kouji Taku (1904‐1983)
Variations on a Theme of Poulenc for solo piano

Rudolf Friml (1879-1972)
Three salon pieces for violin and piano

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Wednesday, June 20, 2018   7:30 PM

Knox Evangelical Free Church  8403 104 St. NW  [directions]

7 PM  Pre-concert event
Please join us as we feature violinist Jessica Zhuang; pianist Maria Protodyakonova; cellist Jonah Hansen; pianist Karen McNaughton

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Geoff Nuttall Violin  |  Owen Dalby Violin  |  Lesley Robertson Viola  |  Christopher Costanza Cello

Established in Toronto in 1989, the St. Lawrence String Quartet earned international recognition within a few years, winning both the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Young Concert Artists audition in 1992. The group has since developed an undisputed reputation as a truly world-class chamber ensemble celebrated for its “smoldering intensity” (Washington Post), and “flexibility, dramatic fire and ... hint of rock ‘n’ roll energy.” (LA Times)

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2

John Adams (b. 1947)
Second String Quartet (composed for SLSQ in 2015)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
String Quartet No. 3 in E flat Minor, Op. 30

Summer Passion

Friday, June 22, 2018   7:30 PM

Knox Evangelical Free Church  8403 104 St. NW  [directions]

7 PM  Pre-concert event
Please join us as we feature violinist Yun Shin; pianist Patricia Tao; pianist Sirui Li; violinist Gabrielle Després

Robert Uchida  Violin
Ewald Cheung  Violin
Rafael Hoekman  Cello

In 2009, Juan-Miguel Hernandez won First Prize at the 16th International Johannes Brahms Competition, adding to other top prizes won at the National Canadian Music Competition and the 9th National Sphinx Competition. A dedicated chamber musician, Juan-Miguel has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, and Kim Kashkashian, as well as jazz living legends Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Stanley Clark, and Paquito D'Rivera. He was a member of the legendary Fine Arts Quartet and founding member of the Harlem Quartet. He joins distinguished musicians of the Edmonton community in a program of great chamber music.

Charles Martin Loeffler (1861-1935)
Two Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola, and Piano

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1 for viola and piano

Paul Coletti (b. 1959)
From My Heart

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81

Alternative Venue Concerts


Tuesday, June 19, 2018   8 PM

Sorry, this concert is sold out.

Yellowhead Brewery | 10229 – 105 Street  Edmonton, AB  [directions]

The St. Lawrence String Quartet takes us on a journey through the history of the string quartet, performing excerpts of important works along the way. Enjoy food and drinks while being entertained and educated!


Wednesday, June 20, 2018   12 noon

Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta | 2 Winston Churchill Square  Edmonton, AB

Admission by donation

In recent seasons, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has been highlighting first violinist Geoff Nuttall’s admiration for Franz Josef Haydn with a series of concerts in which the foursome explores the composer’s string quartets from various perspectives and then performs the works in their entirety. Nuttall has been hailed as “the Jon Stewart of chamber music.” (New York Times) This program will feature Haydn’s String Quartet in C Major, Op. 33, No. 3 (“The Bird”).

Festival Artists

Robert Uchida, violin
Robert Uchida  Violin

Ewald Cheung, violin
Ewald Cheung  Violin

Rafael Hoekman, cello
Rafael Hoekman  Cello

Amateur Chamber Music Workshop

Are you a soloist or group that wants to take your performing to the next level this summer?

The Summer Solstice Seminar is the chance for musicians to play and study chamber music and to be coached by violist Lesley Robertson of the St. Lawrence String Quartet; noted pedagogue and cellist Irene Sharp; ESO Concertmaster Robert Uchida; ESO Principal Cello Rafael Hoekman; and Dr. Patricia Tao of the University of Alberta.

  • The workshop will take place for five days, from June 12-16, 2018 ending with a performance on June 17, 2018.
  • Each group will receive daily two-hour coachings. Coaching will take place in the U of A Dept. of Music between the hours of 4:30 to 8:30 PM.
  • Cost:
    • $425 per person for duos and trios
    • $375 per person for quartets and quintets
  • Musicians may apply as a formed group or as an individual. We will make every effort to fit you into a group based on your level of experience and playing.

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